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Wednesday, 4 May 2016


Hello, and thanks for popping in, it's my turn to post over on the Artistic Outpost blog and this time I'm featuring this gorgeous stamp from the Harvest set.  On this card I've teamed these sweet children with words from the Think and Wonder set of stamps and if you'd like to find out more, please pop over to the
AO Blog

Have a great day,
Avril xx

Monday, 2 May 2016


Hello, well I hope you've all enjoyed the Bank Holiday and the weather didn't spoil your plans too much.
On a little tidy up I came across this panel in the bits box, too good to lie in there!  Stamped a TH butterfly, coloured with Abandoned coral and Peacock feathers and some Rock Candy distress paint, highlighted it with some  gilding wax to match the gold embossed stenciling.  The metal words were silver, so used Versamark  heat set with Gold EP before adding some treasure gold in Aquamarine to tone them down.  Don;'t you just love it when you use something from the bits box - no matter how small!
Think I need to have another rummage and see what else I can use up.

I am entering this at:
  Love to Create - Challenge 9 - Anything Goes Mixed Media
  Eclectic Ellapu - Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting,
Avril xx

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

City Fun?

Hello and thanks for your visit,  it's my turn to post on the Artistic Outpost blog and today I'm showcasing the Harvest set of stamps, along with the Grunge Elements, from the March New Release, and this handsome, but today for a fun take on the image with the quote, I think he looks rather petulant.  For all the details, please pop over to the AO blog.

Avril xx

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Isn't she Pretty!

Hello and thank you for visiting today, it's time for a new Challenge at Try it on Tuesday and this time we would like you to use a Vintage Photo.
I've used on of the Found Relatives for my image and had a little play about with the sizing to fit the film strip.
My background is a mop up with some 2nd generation alphabet stamping that just seems to 'blend in'. A few bits from the stash box and some Wildflower die cuts coloured with Bundled sage and Tumbled Glass.
The rest of the Design Team have some wonderful projects to show, so please pop over to the blog for all the details.
Thanks for popping in, I do appreciate it.
Avril xx

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Special Delivery

Hello,  I've not had much time for crafting or blogging lately and this card has sat in pieces on my desk for a week,   I really must try to organise myself, but things keep interrupting me!
Anyhow, I used Spun Sugar and Tumbled Glass reinkers for the die cut layer, with a darker blue base.  My flowers were made with the Tiny Tattered flowers, sprayed with Milled Lavender and then stuck onto wired stems , there's also a Wildflower die cut at the back.  The sentiment is from the Tim Holtz Correspondence stamps.
Thanks for visiting, and I hope you're having a good weekend.
Avril xx

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Mid Post Reminder for Artistic Outpost New Release

Hello and thanks for visiting, today I'm showing another card from the Artistic Outpost March New Release using the Harvest set with the Seed Packet Background and I've also used the Grunge Elements on the card base.
Everything was stamped onto Kraft card and I used  my Karismacolour pencils as I wanted a faded vintage look to the colours.  I've used the circle and dots from the Grunge Elements to create the base card.

Seed Packets Background

Grunge Elements
In case you missed all the details of the full March New Release, you can find all the details here.

Thanks for your visit, I do appreciate it.
Avril xx

Friday, 15 April 2016

Play Day

Hello and thanks for popping in today, it's been a while since I've had time to just play for me.
I've used the new Tim Holtz Mixed Media dies - I got these just before we went away on holiday in February and this is the first time I've used them.  Astrid made the most fabulous tag a short while ago and I'm afraid I loved the design so much, I hope she dosen't mind, but I've done something similar.
I've used Tyvek - a friend gave me some very large envelopes a while ago which I use to line my little home made spray box.  There's now quite a few sprayed sheets, and in some glorious colour combinations and some with a lovely sheen from Perfect Pearl sprays.  From one large sheet I've used the top and base for the tag and also cut the butterfly, I used  a thin coat of PVA to attach  to card as the sheets are quite thin and soft, before I die cut.  I stamped in gold pigment ink, but then remembered this stuff reacts with direct heat, so I stamped again in Potting soil creating a shadow effect.
I think you might be seeing a bit more of these sheets in the future.
Well I'm off to do some catching up, as I've been the poorest of bloggers lately,  I developed a chest infection at the end of my holiday and it's taken until this week before I've felt as if I've got some energy at last.
Have a great weekend whatever you're doing, and as it's my Wedding Anniversary tomorrow,  I'm going to make sure I get spoilt!
Avril xx